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Fruit leather is a favorite snack at our house. We go through tons of it. We love making homemade fruit leather in our dehydrator. Ever summer I make a whole bunch from our abundance of fresh fruit. I bought a case of nectarines recently from our Bountiful Basket Food Co-op and decided to do some nectarine fruit leather for the kids. However, I thought it would be fun to do some fruit leather doodles with another color of fruit.
To make the fruit leather doodles we started with a lighter color of fruit- the nectarines. I filled my whole blender with nectarines and about 1/2 c. of unsweetened applesauce (This sweetens it a touch). You don’t need to add anything else, just blend that up. You can use any kind of fruit that you have in abundance. We have done it with apricots, apples, strawberries, plums, cherries, etc.
We make our fruit leather in a dehydrator (I have a Nesco one and they have fruit leather trays), but it can also be done in the oven on the lowest setting. If you do it in the oven you would need to do it on parchment paper or on a silicone baking mat.
After the fruit is blended, I pour it onto the fruit leather trays in my dehydrator. Spread it out evenly.
Next we used blueberries to do the doodling on our fruit leather. I had a big bag of frozen blueberries, but you could do any other contrasting color of fruit. I thawed out about a cup to a cup and a half of them. Leave them in the juice they produce as they thaw to help blend it easier. Blend them up and pour them into a squeezie bottle. I found one of these at Walmart for just $1.
Doodle right on top of the fruit that you already poured onto the trays and decorate it however you like. We did polka dots and swirls, but you could do anything. My kids thought this was so much fun!
Then dry it out- our dehydrator takes a whole day to dry. In the oven it would take 6-8 hours.
When it dried the colors separated a little, but it still held together & worked great. It is a fun, healthy and delicious snack!